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How to Build a Non-Bearing Stud Wall

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Plan and Prep Before Building a Non-Bearing Stud Wall

Stud Wall Construction | Plan and Prep Before Building a Non-Bearing Stud Wall (page 1 of 2)

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The Easy Way to Frame a Wall 16 Inches on Center

When you build a wall, the studs should be spaced equidistant from each other. Here's why the standard is 16 inches "on center", and an easy way to mark them.

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Learn How to Build a Non-Bearing Stud Wall

DIY Network has instructions and photos for building a non-loadbearing stud wall and installing a doorway in it.

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R-VALUE: 40.0, SUITABLE FOR: new construction, retrofitTHERMAL PERFORMANCE: At R-3.5 per in., the cellulose in this system yields an overall value of R-40.PROS:• Familiar building process means lower labor costs with readily available materials.• If cellulose is used, the project has a lower environmental impact.• Large moisture-storage capacity allows wall cavities to dry gradually.CONS:• Fairly involved insulation process can add to labor costs.• Reduces interior space by 3%.

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The Balloon Framed Steel Stud Parapet— This is the ugliest parapet to get right. Notice the use of spray polyurethane foam, the high density stuff, to provide air control layer continuity across the balloon framed exterior steel stud wall. The spray foam is supported by horizontal bridging or metal blocking. This is a tricky thing to execute and, as such, we design into the upper parapet assembly a pathway for drying via diffusion to provide some performance redundancy.

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